Truly, the best part of my job is talking to kids and their parents. Talking about their dreams, their goals, why they want to come to my school, a fledgling college prep charter school in Phoenix.

Today, I had a great conversation with a 14 year old kid who told me that, ten years from now, he sees himself as ‘a business owner with pure intentions.’

When I asked him to tell me more, he reminded me of our crumbling economy and various examples of business folks who have been anything but pure in their intentions. And so I wonder about Bernie Madoff. What goals did he have as a freshman in high school? Did he aspire to be a business owner with pure intentions? Maybe. If he didn’t, then who was there to redirect, to inspire, to prevent a calamity half a century later?